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Glenfield Primary School

Primary School

Year 3


Achievers-Miss J A Oakes

Communicators-Miss G H Whitaker

Support Staff:

Mrs P Dredge

Mrs A Ball

Mrs L Meadows


Spring Term Update


Reading – Ice Palace


This term, we are studying ‘Ice Palace’ by Robert Swindells. The book tells the story of Ivan, a little boy who travels far and wide to track down Starjik, an evil ice monster who has kidnapped Ivan’s brother and trapped him in his Ice Palace.

We have been practising our inference and deduction skills to make predictions about the story’s setting, characters and feelings.  


Writing – Poetry

In English, we’ve been learning about a new form of poetry called ‘Kennings.’ A Kenning is a two-word phrase consisting of a noun and a verb:

e.g. The cow eats grass becomes a grass eater.

We then used several kennings to produce a riddle-like poem that our classmates had to solve. We based our kennings on animals that live in cold climates, applying our knowledge from our Geography lessons and making links with other subjects.

Maths – Money, money, money!

We’ve been learning different methods to add and subtract amounts of money. We’re able to use part-whole models to calculate two amounts and we’re beginning to use number lines to help us subtract different amounts. We’re getting really good at problem-solving and can add amounts of money to find change. We played a game of ‘shops,’ buying different items to create our own receipts and find the change that we needed.


Geography – Comparing the UK and Iceland

This term we’re comparing and contrasting different human and physical features between the UK and Iceland. We began our new topic by asking questions about the climate, animal inhabitants and the landscape of Iceland.

We are now beginning to make detailed comparisons about each key geographical feature of Iceland every week, looking in detail at the layout of the land and the climate.


Science – Mirrors and Light

Our Science lessons this term will focus on light, shadows and mirrors. We will explore ways in which light travels, the different surfaces that reflect light and how shadows are formed.

One exciting aspect of our Geography links closely with our Science Topic and has peaked our curiosity. The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, are a beautiful, natural electrical phenomenon that light up the Icelandic sky. We’re excited to explore this idea scientifically, using our new knowledge about how light travels to help us explain this.


Route to Resilience

Our children are now brilliant at identifying different characteristics that they might need to apply during different lessons. These are now an integral part of each child’s learning conversation between the children and the staff alike. Year Three teachers are really proud of how resilient and confident the children are becoming and how they are much more positive and reflective about their own learning.


Autumn Term Update

Webpage Update – Y3 Autumn 1


We’ve already reached the end of our first half term and Year have certainly been very busy working hard and producing a number of fantastic pieces of work, ranging across all subjects!


RE and Eid Assembly

Year Three kick-started the new term by presenting an assembly on the Muslim festival of Eid. Children shared their knowledge of the story of Ishmael, Allah and the sacrifice and how this has influenced Muslim tradition today. We displayed our Eid-inspired artwork, including intricate Henna patterns and chalk fireworks on black paper. Children showed real confidence in their performance, reading loudly and clearly and showing off their fantastic work. A great celebration of Eid Mubarak!



This half term, we have based our writing on ‘Finding Nemo,’ developing our descriptive writing skills. Children have been able to retell sections of the story in their own words as well as developing new characters and settings and describing them with expanded noun phrases and exciting sentence openers.

We have also looked closely at the features of non-fiction writing, researching our own sea animal and transforming simple notes into full, factual sentences within a non-chronological report. Children have been able to use appropriate subheadings and specialist terminology about their animal.    

Over the last two weeks, we have had the opportunity to explore a number of different poems to celebrate National Poetry Day and the theme of ‘Change.’ We studied Maya Angelou and her famous poem, ‘Life Doesn’t Frighten Me.’ Children produced their own poems and Angelou-inspired artwork, creating a superb display in the corridor – please come and have a look! Reading

Year Three are using ‘Reading Vipers’ to practise the six key skills needed for reading. This half term, we have focussed upon Retrieval – finding and recording information from texts and Vocabulary –finding and explaining the meaning of words within the context of a sentence. We have looked at a mix of fiction and non-fiction texts, finding answers to comprehension questions and discussing the meaning of new words. We’re now getting really good at using these new words in our own work!


In our Maths work this half term, we’ve been securing our understanding of place value in three-digit numbers; adding and subtracting hundreds, tens and ones as well as comparing and ordering three-digit numbers. We are able to understand the value of three-digit numbers when represented in different ways including with dienes and place-value counters and are now getting confident at reasoning – explaining whether an answer is true or false using correct mathematical vocabulary. Children are now able to count up and down in 50s and 100s but need to keep on practising counting in 3s, 4s and 8s at home, as well as in school.



Children have really enjoyed our first science topic, Rocks and Soils. We have explored different types of soil, finding out why soils are different colours and what different soils contain. We have also learned lots of new terminology, testing the permeability of different soils and learning to accurately write up an investigation, thinking carefully about fair-testing and recording results correctly. Many children particularly enjoyed studying different rocks, with some researching sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks for homework. Children were able to describe each rock type and how they are formed. We have some super informative posters on display! 


PE and LCFC Coaching

Glenn Short, a coach from Leicester City Football Club has been working with Year Three this half term. We have been refining our throwing and catching skills, as well as taking part in a number of invasion games, applying a range of new tactics that we have been learning. Each week, different children have received a medal for showing particular skills including Teamwork, Enthusiasm and Effort. Glenn has been supporting us in our learning by working with us to write descriptively in our lessons on Finding Nemo and he will continue to work with Year Three on our reading, writing and PE lessons both inside and outside of the classroom for the rest of the term.